Vieira backs 'wonderful' Denilson

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Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira believes Denilson has what it takes to become one of the best players at the Emirates if he is given time.

The departure of Mathieu Flamini to AC Milan this summer has enabled the Brazilian has become an ever-present alongside Cesc Fabregas in the Gunners midfield and he has scored twice in his 24 appearances so far this term.

"He's a wonderful player. It's not going to be easy for him because Flamini was a good player," Vieira said.

Vieira spent nine seasons playing at the heart of the Arsenal midfield and captained the Gunners to Premier League glory in the 2003-04 season, when they went the whole campaign unbeaten.

The Frenchman, who now plays under Jose Mourinho at Italian club Inter Milan, believes the young Brazilian can fill Flamini's boots and go on to become one of the club's best.

Denilson, a £3.4million signing from Brazilian side Sao Paulo, started to establish himself as a first-team regular for the Gunners last year before having his season cut short by a hamstring injury.

"We need to give him more time to develop as a player but he can be one of the best players at the club," Viera added. "The more he plays the better he will be.

"He is young and has so many qualities and he's only in his first years of playing in the Premier League.

"He and Fabregas can play together, all the good players can play together."

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